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About SkyCity

SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited is New Zealand’s largest tourism, leisure and entertainment company and is dual-listed on the New Zealand and Australian stock exchanges.

As one of two major publicly listed casino operators in Australasia, SkyCity operates integrated entertainment complexes in New Zealand (in Auckland, Hamilton and Queenstown) and in Adelaide, Australia - each featuring casino gaming facilities and premium restaurants and bars, which appeal to both domestic and international visitors alike.

SkyCity also offers award-winning hotel accommodation in Auckland at The Grand by SkyCity and SkyCity Hotel. SkyCity has recently opened Eos by SkyCity, a new 120-room luxury hotel in Adelaide, South Australia. SkyCity's hotel offering will shortly be complemented with Horizon Hotel, a new 300-room 5-star hotel now expected to be completed in Auckland during 2024 (having been impacted by the significant fire that broke out at the New Zealand International Convention Centre in October 2019 and the COVID-19 pandemic).

In August 2019, SkyCity launched SkyCity Online Casino, an offshore online gaming business for New Zealanders, as a logical extension of its land-based casino operations. Whilst the business is still very much in its infancy, SkyCity is encouraged by SkyCity Online Casino's performance since launch. As at 31 August 2020, there were over 35,000 registered SkyCity Online Casino customers.


What's important to us


Board of Directors

Senior Management

Julian Cook
Chair

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Julian Cook

Appointed a director of SkyCity in June 2021 and Chair of the SkyCity Board in January 2022

Appointed a director of SkyCity Adelaide in October 2022

 

Chair of the People and Culture Committee

Member of the Audit Committee

Member of the Risk and Compliance Committee

Chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee

Julian Cook was Chief Executive Officer of Summerset Group Holdings Limited from 2014 to March 2021 and, prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer, Summerset’s Chief Financial Officer where he oversaw the company’s transition to become a publicly listed company on the New Zealand and Australian stock exchanges.

Prior to joining Summerset in 2010, Mr Cook was an Associate Director at Macquarie Group where he gained significant experience in the energy, industrial services, tourism and aged care sectors over a 12-year career. 

Julian is currently a director of WEL Networks Limited, Winton Land Limited and Deakin TopCo Pty Limited and holds a Master of Finance from Victoria University and a Master of Science from the University of Waikato.

Resides in New Zealand

Chad Barton
Director

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Chad Barton

Appointed a director of SkyCity in June 2021

 

Chair of the Audit Committee

Member of the People and Culture Committee

Member of the Governance and Nominations Committee

Chad Barton has extensive experience across finance, capital markets, mergers, acquisitions and property development. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Nuix Limited, an ASX-listed global software company, and was the Chief Financial Officer of ASX-listed companies The Star Entertainment Group Limited from 2014 to 2019 and Salmat Limited from 2009 to 2014. Prior to this, he was Chief Financial Officer of the Australia and New Zealand business of Electronic Data Systems from 2006 to 2009.

Chad, as founding Chairperson, established the former Women in Gaming & Hospitality Australasia to achieve gender equity and support the development and success of women in the gaming industry.

He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chartered Accountants ANZ and holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology in Sydney

Resides in Australia

Kate Hughes
Director

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KATE HUGHES

Appointed a director of SkyCity in September 2022

 

Chair of the Risk and Compliance Committee

Member of the Audit Committee

Member of the Governance and Nominations Committee

Kate Hughes is an experienced non-executive director, holding board and committee roles across a diverse portfolio, including the Victorian Department of Health, SuniTAFE and Lower Murray Water. She also holds committee roles with two Commonwealth regulators, Comcare Authority and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority.

Prior to embarking on a governance career, Kate held executive roles in risk management, governance and compliance across various sectors, including financial services, agribusiness, fast moving consumer goods, telecommunications, and tertiary education. Her private sector experience is complemented by regulatory experience at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and NSW Treasury.

Kate holds tertiary qualifications in commerce, applied finance, and occupational health and safety and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Resides in Australia

Glenn Davis
Director

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GLENN DAVIS

Appointed a director of SkyCity in September 2022

Appointed a director of SkyCity Adelaide and Chair of the SkyCity Adelaide Board in September 2022

 

Member of the Risk and Compliance Committee

Member of the Governance and Nominations Committee

Glenn Davis has practised as a solicitor in corporate and risk throughout Australia for over 35 years with expertise and experience in the execution of large transactions, risk management and in corporate activity regulated by the Australian Corporations Act and the ASX.

Glenn has extensive board experience across the public, private, family and government sectors. He is currently the Chair of ASX-listed companies Beach Energy Limited and iTech Minerals Limited. He is also chair of a number of large private companies with broad board experience over many years in the manufacturing, resources, retail, property, seafood and primary production industries.

Glenn holds tertiary qualifications in law and economics and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Resides in Australia

David Attenborough
Director

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DAVID ATTENBOROUGH

Appointed a director of SkyCity in March 2023

 

Member of the Audit Committee

Member of the People and Culture Committee

Member of the Governance and Nominations Committee

David Attenborough has strong gaming experience with over 12 years’ experience at ASX-listed Tabcorp Holdings Limited as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director. Prior to joining Tabcorp, he was Chief Executive Officer (South Africa) of Phumelela Gaming and Leisure in South Africa and previously held senior roles with a variety of casino and racing organisations.

David is currently a director of Host-Plus Pty Limited, an Australian-based superannuation fund.

David holds an MBA from Henley Business School and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Exeter.

Resides in Australia

Donna Cooper
Director

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Donna Cooper 

Appointed a director of SkyCity in September 2023

 

Member of the Governance and Nominations Committee

Member of the Risk and Compliance Committee

Member of the People and Culture Committee 

Donna has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, most recently as Chief Executive Officer of TSB Bank Limited. Prior to this, she was Chief Executive Officer of The Warehouse Financial Services Group and Managing Director and General Manager New Zealand of Baycorp (NZ) Limited. She has also held a number of senior executive roles with American Express International over a 10-year period in New Zealand, Australia, India and the United Kingdom.

Donna is currently a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and a member of the Global Women’s Leadership Network. She was previously, up until 28 July 2023, the Chair of the NZ Bankers’ Association’s Domestic Banks Group and a member of the NZ Bankers’ Association’s Governing Council. Donna holds a Master of Arts in International Business from the Rennes School of Business, France, and a Bachelor of Business from the Auckland University of Technology

Resides in New Zealand

 

Michael Ahearne
Chief Executive Officer

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Michael Ahearne

Michael was appointed Chief Executive Officer in November 2020 after initially joining SkyCity in December 2017 as Group Chief Operating Officer. In 2019 he oversaw the establishment of the SkyCity Online Casino after leading SkyCity’s online gaming strategy. Michael’s priority and focus as Chief Executive Officer has been the post COVID-19 recovery of the Group along with the transformational uplift of the host responsibility, anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing, and risk and compliance capabilities across the business.

Michael’s extensive global experience in the gaming industry spans over 20 years across multiple sectors, including land-based and online casinos, as well as retail and online sports betting. Prior to joining SkyCity, Michael held a number of senior executive roles at Paddy Power Betfair (now Flutter), as well as Aristocrat and Tabcorp.

Michael is a qualified accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Julie Amey
Chief Financial Officer

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Julie Amey 

Julie joined SkyCity as Chief Financial Officer in May 2021 and is responsible for the financial management of SkyCity, including reporting, treasury, and corporate development. She also oversees SkyCity’s investor relations and internal assurance functions and helps to drive the strategic direction of the SkyCity Group.

Julie joined SkyCity from Shell Australia where she held the role of Vice President Finance Integrated Gas. She has also held a number of senior finance roles with the Shell Group around the world since 2001, including as Vice President Finance Qatar Shell, Chief Financial Officer for Shell & Turcas A.S. Turkey and Business Finance Manager and Financial Controller for Upstream Middle East in the United Arab Emirates. Prior to joining Shell, she held finance roles at Fletcher Challenge Energy, BBC Worldwide Publishing and Deloitte & Touche.

Julie is a chartered accountant and holds a Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato.

 

Callum Mallett
Chief Operating Officer New Zealand

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Callum Mallett 

Callum was appointed Chief Operating Officer New Zealand in February 2021 and has operating responsibility for SkyCity’s New Zealand businesses, including the day-to-day operations of SkyCity Auckland. He also oversees SkyCity’s information and communications technology function.

Callum has significant gaming and hospitality experience having held a number of senior roles at SkyCity since joining in 2006, including as General Manager SkyCity Darwin, General Manager SkyCity Auckland Hotels, Convention Centre and Sky Tower, and Executive General Manager of Hospitality for SkyCity Auckland. Prior to joining SkyCity, Callum held numerous senior leadership roles across the hospitality, retail and financial investment sectors.

Callum holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Victoria University of Wellington, and has completed studies with Cornell University, The London Business School and the University of Nevada.

David Christian
SkyCity Australia Chief Operating Officer

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David Christian

David was appointed Chief Operating Officer Australia in February 2021 and is responsible for SkyCity’s Adelaide business and overseeing the Australian interstate gaming business.

David has more than 30 years’ experience in hospitality, hotel and casino management, including working in several Australian States and Singapore. He has held a number of senior roles during his career with SkyCity since joining in 2005, including General Manager SkyCity Adelaide (where he was responsible for overseeing the construction and opening of the A$330 million Adelaide expansion development), General Manager SkyCity Darwin, General Manager SkyCity Auckland and General Manager SkyCity Hamilton.

David holds a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University, Victoria, and a Diploma of Hospitality Management from Drysdale House, Tasmania.

Jo Wong
General Counsel and Company Secretary

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Jo Wong

Jo joined SkyCity as Senior Legal Counsel in January 2009 and was appointed as General Counsel and Company Secretary in September 2016. She is responsible for SkyCity’s legal, company secretarial, and regulatory affairs functions and is designated as SkyCity’s Chief Privacy Officer.

Jo has 25 years’ experience in both private practice and in-house legal roles. Before joining SkyCity in 2009, she held General Counsel and Group Corporate Counsel roles in the New Zealand financial services industry and was a Senior Solicitor at Russell McVeagh, one of the leading law firms in New Zealand.

Jo was a finalist in the In-House Lawyer of the Year category in the 2019 and 2020 New Zealand Law Awards and was recognised in New Zealand Lawyer’s 2019 and 2020 In-House Leaders lists as one of the leading lawyers across New Zealand. Jo is a graduate of the 2017 Global Women Breakthrough Leaders Programme, is a member of New Zealand Asian Leaders and holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University of Wellington.

Carolyn Kidd
Chief Risk Officer

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Carolyn Kidd

Carolyn joined SkyCity as Chief Risk Officer in April 2023 and is responsible for SkyCity’s risk management effectiveness and the risk, anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing, and host responsibility functions.

Carolyn is an experienced risk executive with an extensive career in the banking and finance industry across Australia and New Zealand. Prior to joining SkyCity, she held a number of senior risk roles, including Chief Risk Officer at Westpac New Zealand, Chief Risk Officer at Bankwest (Commonwealth Bank of Australia), Chief Risk Officer at Sovereign Assurance, and Chief Credit Officer, Acting Chief Risk Officer and Head of Credit Risk Management at ASB Bank Limited. 

Carolyn is currently a director and Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland and a Diploma of Banking from Massey University.

Simon Jamieson
Group General Manager, NZICC Development & Tourism

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Simon  Jamieson

Simon oversees the development of SkyCity’s New Zealand International Convention Centre and Horizon Hotel project in Auckland. He also oversees SkyCity’s health and safety function and SkyCity’s development projects in New Zealand.

Simon has held a number of senior roles across the business since joining SkyCity in September 2007, including General Manager SkyCity Adelaide, General Manager Hotels SkyCity Auckland and Acting General Manager SkyCity Auckland.

With more than 35 years’ experience in large-scale hospitality businesses, Simon brings a wealth of commercial, property, project and tourism experience to the SkyCity business. Simon has governance experience on industry boards and Local Government owned entities and trusts.

Nirupa George
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

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Nirupa George 

Nirupa joined SkyCity as Chief Corporate Affairs Officer in June 2021 and is responsible for leading SkyCity’s corporate affairs activities, including government, community and industry stakeholder relations and SkyCity’s public policy and advocacy.

Before joining SkyCity, Nirupa was Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Auckland (Phil Goff) and was responsible for running the Mayor’s office and executing his political priorities. Prior to this, she ran Mayor Goff’s successful mayoral campaign in 2016 and worked in Parliament as a Political and Media Advisor. Early in her career, Nirupa was a Senior Solicitor specialising in refugee and humanitarian law.

Nirupa is currently the vice-Chair of Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand and Chair of its Membership and Stakeholders Committee, and a member of the Heart of the City Auckland’s Executive Committee (representing SkyCity). She holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Auckland.

Shaun Philp
Chief People and Culture Officer

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Shaun joined SkyCity as Chief People and Culture Officer in August 2023 and is responsible for leading the development and implementation of best practice people and culture strategy across the SkyCity Group.

Shaun is a senior human resources executive with expertise in supporting leadership and culture transformation, innovation and business execution strategies across the telecommunications, financial services, and infrastructure sectors. Prior to joining SkyCity, Shaun held senior leadership roles across Australia and New Zealand, including Chief People Officer at Chorus New Zealand Limited and Executive General Manager Human Resources at AMP New Zealand.

 

Shaun has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland and is a graduate of executive management programmes at the Harvard Business School and the London Business School.

 

Greg Wheeler
Chief Information Officer

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Greg Wheeler 

Greg joined SkyCity in 2017 and was appointed Chief Information Officer in March 2023. He is responsible for all aspects of SkyCity’s technology strategy, including the development and execution of digital transformation initiatives, and for leveraging emerging technologies to transform business processes, drive operational efficiency and enhance the customer experience.  

Greg has over 25 years’ experience in New Zealand, throughout Europe, the United Kingdom and North America. Prior to joining SkyCity, Greg held senior technology leadership positions across a range of sectors, including banking, insurance, local government, and telecommunications. He has worked in a venture incubator and experimented with commercialising concepts through technology start up to bring new products to market.

Greg holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom, and a New Zealand Certificate of Engineering from the Central Institute of Technology.

Steve Salmon
Managing Director - SkyCity Malta

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Steve joined SkyCity in February 2019 in the newly created role of SkyCity Online Director and is currently Managing Director SkyCity Malta.  Based in the United Kingdom, Steve is responsible for developing and leading SkyCity’s online gaming strategy, including overseeing the operations of the SkyCity Online Casino.  He was instrumental in the development and launch of the SkyCity Online Casino in 2019. 

The SkyCity Online Casino is operated out of Malta by international iGaming company Gaming Innovation Group Inc (GiG) on behalf of SkyCity Malta Limited, an independently operated subsidiary of SkyCity.  GiG provides a full-suite online casino solution, including a technical platform, gaming content, managed services and front-end development.

Michelle Baillie
General Manager SkyCity Hamilton

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Michelle has over 25 years’ experience in the casino and hospitality industries in New Zealand and has held various senior managerial roles within SkyCity predominantly in casino operations, but also in hotel operations and project management positions.

Michelle was appointed General Manager SkyCity Queenstown in May 2008 and relocated to Hamilton in April 2014 to take up the position of General Manager SkyCity Hamilton. Michelle has overseen a number of positive changes to the Hamilton business achieving record results and winning awards, including Michelle being awarded CEO of the Year in the 2017 Waikato Business Awards.

Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Canterbury. She was a Board member of the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce from 2012 - 2013, an Executive Committee member of the Hamilton Central Business Association from 2015 – 2016, and a Director of Women in Gaming and Hospitality Australasia from 2018 - 2023. Michelle is currently a trustee and co- chair of the SkyCity Hamilton Community Trust, a member of Global Women in New Zealand and a member of the international committee for Global Gaming Women. 

Jonathan Browne
General Manager SkyCity Queenstown

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Jonathan Browne joined SkyCity in May 2015 and is responsible for overseeing the operations of SkyCity Queenstown Casino and SkyCity Wharf Casino in Queenstown. Commencing his career in tourism, Jono travelled widely before returning to New Zealand and a role with Lion Nathan in Wellington. Jonathan progressed to Area Manager with Lion Nathan before joining the gaming industry in 2008.

Jono has since held roles as National Accounts Manager for International Gaming Technology (NZ) and more recently General Manager for United Gaming while balancing his role as director for a hospitality venue company. He holds qualifications in Marketing and Tourism, a post graduate certificate in Management and an MBA from Victoria University.


Governance

Corporate governance at SkyCity encompasses the company's decision-making structures and the mechanisms used to manage the organisation.  

The Board of SkyCity has a comprehensive set of corporate governance practices and procedures in place to ensure that these responsibilities are met.  

The SkyCity Board Charter sets out the corporate governance framework for the Board and its committees.

Below is a summary of SkyCity's Board and committee structure and membership information as well as the Board Charter and associated documents.

Audit Committee

 

The primary objective of the Board’s Audit Committee is to assist the Board of Directors in fulfilling its responsibilities relating to financial accounting and reporting, external and internal audit, tax planning and compliance and treasury matters.

Members:

Chad Barton - (Chair) 

Julian Cook

Kate Hughes

David Attenborough 

 

The primary objective of the Board’s Audit Committee is to assist the Board of Directors in fulfilling its responsibilities relating to financial accounting and reporting, external and internal audit, tax planning and compliance and treasury matters.

Members:

Chad Barton - (Chair) 

Julian Cook

Kate Hughes

David Attenborough 

People and Culture Committee

The Board's People and Culture Committee oversees the management of the human resource activities of the company, the senior management structure, senior executive performance, remuneration and incentivisation, and succession planning.

Members:

Julian Cook (Chair)

Chad Barton

David Attenborough 

Donna Cooper

The Board's People and Culture Committee oversees the management of the human resource activities of the company, the senior management structure, senior executive performance, remuneration and incentivisation, and succession planning.

Members:

Julian Cook (Chair)

Chad Barton

David Attenborough 

Donna Cooper

Governance and Nominations Committee

The Board's Governance and Nominations Committee monitors the overall governance of the business, Board (and committees) composition and performance, director independence, conflicts of interest, the ethics of the organisation, protection of the company's casino licences, statutory compliance, host responsibility and problem gambling programmes and initiatives.

The Committee's responsibilities include development and review of the corporate governance principles and framework for the company. The Committee is also responsible for monitoring shareholder relationships and employee shareholding matters and policies.

Members

Julian Cook (Chair)

Chad Barton

David Attenborough 

Kate Hughes

Glenn Davis

Donna Cooper

The Board's Governance and Nominations Committee monitors the overall governance of the business, Board (and committees) composition and performance, director independence, conflicts of interest, the ethics of the organisation, protection of the company's casino licences, statutory compliance, host responsibility and problem gambling programmes and initiatives.

The Committee's responsibilities include development and review of the corporate governance principles and framework for the company. The Committee is also responsible for monitoring shareholder relationships and employee shareholding matters and policies.

Members

Julian Cook (Chair)

Chad Barton

David Attenborough 

Kate Hughes

Glenn Davis

Donna Cooper

Risk and Compliance Committee

The primary objective of the Board’s Risk and Compliance Committee is to assist the Board of directors in fulfilling its responsibilities relating to risk assessment, management and monitoring and ongoing regulatory and other legal compliance.

Members

Kate Hughes (Chair)

Donna Cooper

Glenn Davis

Julian Cook 

 

The primary objective of the Board’s Risk and Compliance Committee is to assist the Board of directors in fulfilling its responsibilities relating to risk assessment, management and monitoring and ongoing regulatory and other legal compliance.

Members

Kate Hughes (Chair)

Donna Cooper

Glenn Davis

Julian Cook 

 


Ownership Profile

SkyCity currently has over 15,300 independent shareholders.  

 

The majority of SkyCity's current shareholder base, by value, is represented by institutional investors (both domestic and offshore), with the balance predominantly held by New Zealand retail. ~78% of SkyCity stock is held by the top 20 shareholders as at 1 August 2023, with SkyCity's largest single shareholder holding around ~14%.

Twenty largest shareholders as at 1 August 2023.

 

Total ordinary shares on issue as at 1 August 2023 were 760,205,209 of which 2,087,978 were held in aggregate by the Public Trust on behalf of eligible and future participants pursuant to the 2018 SkyCity Executive Long Term Incentive Plan. The ordinary shares are quoted on both the NZX Main Board and ASX under the ticker code ‘SKC’. No shares were held by the company directly as treasury stock.

Citicorp Nominees Pty Limited

104,406,406 | 13.73

JP Morgan Nominees Australia Limited

98,839,406 | 13.00

HSBC Custody Nominees (Australia) Limited

80,659,846 | 10.61

Accident Compensation Corporation – NZCSD

46,411,325 | 6.11

HSBC Nominees A/C NZ Superannuation Fund Nominees Limited - NZCSD

30,799,717 | 4.05

HSBC Nominees (New Zealand) Limited – NZCSD

29,710,923 | 3.91

Citibank Nominees (New Zealand) Limited – NZCSD

26,473,499 | 3.48

BNP Paribas Nominees (NZ) Limited – NZCSD

23,203,640 | 3.05

HSBC Nominees (New Zealand) Limited A/C State Street – NZCSD

20,805,427 | 2.74

JPMorgan Chase Bank NA NZ Branch – Segregated Clients Acct – NZCSD

20,639,056 | 2.72

BNP Paribas Noms Pty Limited BNP Paribas Noms Pty Limited

16,202,031 | 2.13

National Nominees Limited

15,512,623 | 2.04

New Zealand Depository Nominee Limited

14.757,199 | 1.94

ANZ Custodial Services New Zealand Limited – NZCSD

12,752,012 | 1.68

ANZ Wholesale Australasian Share Fund – NZCSD

10,658,216 | 1.40

Citicorp Nominees Pty Limited

10,328,703 | 1.36

Forsyth Barr Custodians Limited

8,681,836 | 1.14

FNZ Custodians Limited

7,547,227 | 0.99

BNP Paribas Nominees (NZ) Limited – NZCSD

6,846,067 | 0.90

TEA Custodians Limited Client Property Trust Account - NZCSD

5,809,313 | 0.76


Regulatory Environment

In New Zealand, casino gaming activities are regulated by the Department of Internal Affairs and Gambling Commission in accordance with the Gambling Act 2003. In Australia, casino gaming activities are regulated by the relevant State and Territory governments.

New Zealand

Casino licensing in New Zealand is governed by the Gambling Act 2003, which is administered by the Department of Internal Affairs and Gambling Commission.

Under the Gambling Act, two licences are required to operate a casino in New Zealand:

  • a site-specific casino venue licence; and
  • a casino operator's licence.

A casino venue licence typically runs for an initial term of 25 years from the date of opening of the relevant casino. However, a casino venue licence may be renewed for further successive periods of 15 years each under the Gambling Act. A casino venue licence has been issued for each of SkyCity's New Zealand casinos.

SkyCity Casino Management Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary of SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited) holds a casino operator's licence for each of SkyCity's New Zealand casinos.

SkyCity's casino venue licences and casino operator's licences can be viewed at the Gambling Commission's website.

SkyCity has a venue licence for each of its three venues in New Zealand - Auckland, Hamilton and Queenstown.  The table below outlines the significant dates associated with the licences.

SkyCity Casino

Date Venue Licence Granted

Term of Venue Licence for Casino

Operational Start Date of Casino

Expiry Date

Auckland

24 April 1995

25 yrs from date of operation

2 February 1996

30 June 2048 (1) & (2)

Hamilton

10 December 1999

25 yrs from date of operation

19 September 2002

18 September 2027 (1)

Queenstown

18 June 1999

25 yrs from date of operation

7 December 2000

6 December 2025 (1)

Queenstown (Wharf Casino)

 18 June 1999

25 yrs from date of operation 

11 September 1999

Acquired by SkyCity
23 July 2013

11 September 2024 (1)

(1) The casino licences may be renewed for a further period of 15 years as provided by section 138 of the Gambling Act 2003.

(2) As extended by the New Zealand International Convention Centre Project and Licensing Agreement dated 5 July 2013.

Casino licensing in New Zealand is governed by the Gambling Act 2003, which is administered by the Department of Internal Affairs and Gambling Commission.

Under the Gambling Act, two licences are required to operate a casino in New Zealand:

  • a site-specific casino venue licence; and
  • a casino operator's licence.

A casino venue licence typically runs for an initial term of 25 years from the date of opening of the relevant casino. However, a casino venue licence may be renewed for further successive periods of 15 years each under the Gambling Act. A casino venue licence has been issued for each of SkyCity's New Zealand casinos.

SkyCity Casino Management Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary of SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited) holds a casino operator's licence for each of SkyCity's New Zealand casinos.

SkyCity's casino venue licences and casino operator's licences can be viewed at the Gambling Commission's website.

SkyCity has a venue licence for each of its three venues in New Zealand - Auckland, Hamilton and Queenstown.  The table below outlines the significant dates associated with the licences.

SkyCity Casino

Date Venue Licence Granted

Term of Venue Licence for Casino

Operational Start Date of Casino

Expiry Date

Auckland

24 April 1995

25 yrs from date of operation

2 February 1996

30 June 2048 (1) & (2)

Hamilton

10 December 1999

25 yrs from date of operation

19 September 2002

18 September 2027 (1)

Queenstown

18 June 1999

25 yrs from date of operation

7 December 2000

6 December 2025 (1)

Queenstown (Wharf Casino)

 18 June 1999

25 yrs from date of operation 

11 September 1999

Acquired by SkyCity
23 July 2013

11 September 2024 (1)

(1) The casino licences may be renewed for a further period of 15 years as provided by section 138 of the Gambling Act 2003.

(2) As extended by the New Zealand International Convention Centre Project and Licensing Agreement dated 5 July 2013.

Australia - Adelaide

Casino licensing in South Australia is governed by the Casino Act 1997, which is administered by the Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner (Consumer & Business Services).

In February 2000, SkyCity Australia Pty Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary of SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited) was the successful bidder for Adelaide Casino Pty Limited, the holder of the casino licence for South Australia. The Adelaide Casino licence currently runs until 2085, with casino exclusivity in the State of South Australia until 2035.

The Approved Licensing Agreement can be viewed here. The Adelaide Casino Duty Agreement can be viewed here.

Casino gaming in South Australia is regulated by Consumer and Business (CBD)

Casino licensing in South Australia is governed by the Casino Act 1997, which is administered by the Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner (Consumer & Business Services).

In February 2000, SkyCity Australia Pty Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary of SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited) was the successful bidder for Adelaide Casino Pty Limited, the holder of the casino licence for South Australia. The Adelaide Casino licence currently runs until 2085, with casino exclusivity in the State of South Australia until 2035.

The Approved Licensing Agreement can be viewed here. The Adelaide Casino Duty Agreement can be viewed here.

Casino gaming in South Australia is regulated by Consumer and Business (CBD)


History


Locations

5 CASINOS across 4 LOCATIONS and ONLINE 

SkyCity Locations

  • Auckland
  • Adelaide
  • Hamilton
  • Queenstown
  • Online

Auckland

SkyCity Auckland is the flagship property of the SkyCity Entertainment Group, featuring a casino, two award-winning hotels – The Grand by SkyCity and SkyCity Hotel, bars and restaurants, a 700-seat theatre and the iconic Sky Tower.

The SkyCity Auckland casino features the latest electronic gaming machines and automated table games, an array of table games, and luxurious VIP gaming facilities. EIGHT is an exclusive area reserved for VIP table game players and PLATINUM and VIP BLACK are exclusive areas reserved for VIP gaming machine players.

Federal Street, the gateway to the SkyCity Auckland precinct, features some of Auckland City’s best eateries, including award-winning restaurants Masu by Nic Watt, The Sugar Club, Huami, Depot, Federal Delicatessen and Cassia - with an impressive accolade of awards between them

SkyCity Auckland Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited, holds the casino venue licence for SkyCity Auckland.  This casino venue licence currently runs until 30 June 2048 (having been extended by the New Zealand International Convention Centre Project and Licensing Agreement dated 5 July 2013).

SkyCity Auckland is currently authorised to operate up to 150 gaming tables, 1,877 gaming machines and 240 fully automated table games.

Adelaide

Located in and around the historic Railway Station building on the banks of the River Torrens, SkyCity Adelaide is South Australia’s only casino destination on the Festival Plaza forecourt adjacent to the Adelaide Festival Centre and Adelaide Convention Centre and near the Adelaide Oval.

Following completion of a significant expansion development in late 2020, SkyCity Adelaide is now a world-class integrated entertainment hub featuring a 120-room luxury hotel – Eos by SkyCity, a wellness centre with a day spa, pool, sauna and gym, VIP gaming facilities, a function and conference facility for up to 650 guests, bars and restaurants.

The SkyCity Adelaide precinct is home to award-winning eateries, Madame Hanoi, Sean’s Kitchen, The Guardsman, iTL, the immersive rooftop destination Sôl Rooftop, and The District at SkyCity - Australia’s first fully functional microbrewery within a casino (operated in partnership with Pirate Life).

Eos by SkyCity is Adelaide’s most luxurious hotel. Since opening in December 2020, Eos by SkyCity has won a number of prestigious awards, including being named as the Best New Tourism Business at the South Australian Tourism Awards, Best Deluxe Hotel in South Australia at the Australian Hotels Association SA Awards for Excellence and Best New Hotel at the Hotel Management Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence.On 30 June 2000, SkyCity assumed ownership and operational control of the Adelaide Casino.

The Adelaide casino licence currently runs until 2085, with exclusivity in the State of South Australia until 2035.

SkyCity Adelaide is currently authorised to operate 200 gaming tables and 1,500 gaming machines.

Hamilton

Situated within Hamilton’s historic Chief Post Office, a venue designed to maximise its superb riverside location on the banks of the Waikato River, SkyCity Hamilton features a casino, bars and restaurants, a conference centre and Hamilton’s only tenpin bowling alley – Bowl and Social.

The SkyCity Hamilton precinct is home to some of Hamilton’s favourite eating and drinking destinations right in the heart of Hamilton’s CBD, including The Local Taphouse and Eat Burger.

Over the last financial year, SkyCity has continued to invest in its core casino and hospitality businesses with a range of improvements across the SkyCity Hamilton property, including the opening of a new Chinese restaurant (tenancy), Shanghai Restaurant, in May 2023. Product and layout optimisation within the casino remains a key focus to ensure SkyCity Hamilton maintains its market leader position and to manage high demand for electronic gaming machines (which continue to remain capacity constrained at peak times).

SkyCity Hamilton is a proud member and supporter of the local community, and celebrated 20 years of entertaining in the Waikato region in September 2022.

SkyCity Hamilton is currently authorised to operate 23 gaming tables and 339 gaming machines.

Queenstown

In December 2012, SkyCity acquired full ownership of Queenstown Casinos Limited. the venue licence holder for SkyCity Queenstown Casino (which opened in 2002). Previously, SkyCity was a joint venture partner (60%) with Skyline Enterprises Limited (40%). The Queenstown casino licence currently runs until December 2025. 

In June 2013, SkyCity acquired Otago Casinos Limited from Lasseters (NZ) Limited.  Otago Casinos Limited holds the casino venue licence for the rebranded SkyCity Wharf Casino, which opened in September 1999. The Wharf casino licence currently runs until September 2024.

SkyCity Queenstown is authorised to operate 12 gaming tables and 86 gaming machines and SkyCity Wharf Casino is authorised to operate 6 gaming tables and 74 gaming machines.

Online

The SkyCity Online Casino provides New Zealanders with an offshore online casino platform, featuring over 2,450 online games, ever-increasing personalisation, a mobile first user experience and continually enhanced player safety features and tools. The SkyCity Online Casino is operated out of Malta by international iGaming company Gaming Innovation Group Inc (GiG) on behalf of SkyCity Malta Limited, an independently operated subsidiary of the SkyCity Entertainment Group, and managed by a Managing Director based in Europe. GiG provides a full-suite online casino solution, including a technical platform, gaming content, managed services and front-end development.


THE NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE

The New Zealand International Convention Centre ("NZICC") will be the country's premier convention centre.

The New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) will be located in the heart of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland City, making it one of the most connected convention centres in the world.  Designed collaboratively alongside event industry experts, the NZICC is a vertically stacked, flexible and modern building, creating a hub of innovation and positive exchange integrated into the fabric of a vibrant city.

NZICC will bring the world class convention facilities to Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland and will feature:

  • Capacity to host one-off events for up to 4000 people.

  • A flexible and divisible theatre (2850 seated capacity, 1100 sit-down catered events).

  • Multipurpose halls of 6700sqm that can accommodate 400 exhibition booths or over 3000 people for a sit-down dinner.

  • Up to 33 separate meeting rooms for breakout spaces or smaller events.

  • Close proximity to Auckland’s innovation ecosystem – universities, business headquarters and innovation hubs – allowing event organisers to tap into New Zealand’s leading knowledge centres.

  • An integrated atrium and public laneway encouraging networking and enhancing the delegate experience within a city full of excitement and sophistication, with over 11,000 hotel rooms, dining precincts, shopping and entertainment all within 10 minutes walking distance.

SkyCity’s investment in this world class infrastructure for Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland is around NZ$750 million, which includes the NZICC facility, an adjacent laneway, expansion of car parking facilities and the development of the Horizon hotel, a new 300 room, 5 star hotel.  There will be more than 1,000 jobs created during the construction phase and once open NZICC will contribute significantly to the business events, hospitality and tourism sector and is expected to generate both social impact for the local community, and $90 Million of economic benefit for Aotearoa New Zealand.